During its participation in the 12th AFD international conference on development, which took place on 1 and 2 December 2016, GRET presented an article entitled “Processus d’apprentissage collectif et dynamique des communs : filières bambou dans les montagnes du Nord-Laos”. You can read this article in French here.
Written by Sara Melki (project manager for GRET in Laos) and Jean-François Kibler (head of department at GRET headquarters), the article is based on a recent experience in the development of commercial sectors supplied by natural bamboo forests in the mountains of the north province of Houaphan in Laos. It illustrates how, in a centralised single party regime still reticent to recognise the capacities of villagers and civil society to create their own organisations, it is possible to build new commons. In favour of windows of opportunity and appropriate support – a process of collective learning based on trial and error, these commons bring together villagers, public authorities and the private sector. Apart from these teachings, the article concludes with an outlook of new prospects.